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Volume 19, Number 5—May 2013


Mapping Environmental Suitability for Malaria Transmission, Greece

Bertrand Sudre, Massimiliano Rossi, Wim Van Bortel, Kostas Danis, Agoritsa Baka, Nikos Vakalis, and Jan C. SemenzaComments to Author 
Author affiliations: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden (B. Sudre, M. Rossi, W. Van Bortel, J.C. Semenza); Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Athens, Greece (K. Danis, A. Baka); National School for Public Health, Athens (N. Vakalis)

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Environmental suitability mapping of malaria, Greece, 2009–2012*

Variable† Rank
Digital elevation model 4.4
LST day amplitude 2 5.5
NDVI phase 2 7.0
LST nighttime amplitude 2 7.3
LST nighttime mean 8.1
LST day, maximum 8.1
LST day, mean 8.3
LST day phase 2 8.6
NDVI, maximum 8.7
LST night, maximum 8.9

*Classification of 10 variables average rank (1 to 10) for all bootstrapped cycles. Data sources are as follows: Global 30 Arc-Second Elevation Dataset (GTOPO30), 2005 (; CORINE Land Cover 2000 seamless vector data, version 15 (Aug 2011), European Environment Agency, 2011 (; Raster data on population density using CORINE Land Cover 2000 inventory, European Environment Agency. 2009 (
†LST, Land Surface Temperature; NDVI, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index.

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